Wednesday May 18 2011
Montolivo wants Serie A stay

Riccardo Montolivo would prefer to stay in Italy should he leave Fiorentina at the end of the season.

Reports on Tuesday suggested that the midfielder could be set for a move abroad, but he doesn't want to quit Serie A just yet.

"I want to continue playing in Italy," he told the Corriere dello Sport. "There is still plenty of time for an experience abroad.

"I'd like to play for a side in the Champions League. After all, who wouldn't?

"Juventus? They will certainly get back to winning ways. They have gone through a particularly difficult period, but I don't think they will be missing from the top of the game for too much longer."

Montolivo's future is in doubt after so far refusing to sign a new contract which will tie him to the club until 2016. His present Viola agreement expires next year.

"I still have a year left on my contract and I intend to respect it by giving my best, as I always have," he continued.

"My problem is not of an economical nature, but it revolves around the future of the side.

"I want a team that is based on the ones during Cesare Prandelli's spell in charge. I think it is only right to have important objectives.

"If that's not possible? It's too early to say what will happen. I want to speak to the club first.

"I'm asking for guarantees, but only because I want to be put into a position where I can make a decision calmly."

Inter, as well as Juventus, have shown an interest in the Italian international.

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